new simcard from at&t improved reception

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by dread, Jul 2, 2009.

  1. dread macrumors 6502a

    Jun 16, 2009
    I have been getting horrible reception with my 3gs. I can hold my phone next to my wife's 2g and I will have no bars while she has 3. My phone also avoids going to edge, when there is no 3g available and my bars would drop from 5 to 0 holding the phone in the same spot. I didn't want to replace my phone since I have a screen protector and I would probably end up getting a phone with a worse problem. So I decided to go to at&t and ask for a new sim card. Since replacing I now get better reception than my wife's phone and the signal holds steady. I still get some static on calls ocassionally but I suspect it is the speaker since it happens with perfect reception. Overall, the simcard made a big difference and was a lot easier to switch than a phone.
  2. fuzzielitlpanda macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2008
    hmm interesting i wonder what the technical reason behind this would be? i'm getting pretty bad service at home as well and will look into this as a possible solution.
  3. dread thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 16, 2009
    The only reason I tried it is because apple told me to do the same thing for my 3g when I had reception issues.
  4. sactown macrumors member

    Apr 24, 2007
    I'm a little late responding to this, but this thread is good news for me. The reception on my 3G iphone has been terrible recently, despite the fact that I live in the same place and have done nothing different. I get several dropped calls a day and my service bars will drop from 5 to 0 while standing in the same place. I just went to the apple store a couple of days ago and got the phone replaced thinking it might have been the wireless radio, but I have not seen any change. The customer support guy at the apple store told me that it might be a problem with the SIM card and told me to go to an AT&T store and have it replaced. I was a little skeptical, but now I definitely will give it a try. Thanks for the post.
  5. D1G1T4L macrumors 68000


    Jun 26, 2007
    Savannah, GA
    Interesting. Maybe an updated PRL on the newer sim cards. Whooo knows.
  6. danpass macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2009
    Miami, FL
    interesting. there is certainly a chip in a SIM card. its not at all like a credit card with a magnetic strip


  7. xsecretfiles macrumors 6502

    Aug 1, 2008
    my reception is terrible bad at home, but great anywhere else I go...what gives??

    I spend so little at home anyways, but I might get a new sim and see if that works thanks!
  8. Rat-Boy macrumors 65816


    Jul 28, 2008
    Same boat for me.

    And when I say terrible bad at home, I am talking 1 bar of EDGE and I am having a GOOD day. :(

    But if I go literally 500 yards away, then I get 3G.

    The ONLY thing I can figure is that I am down a hill and I am on a lot with a LOT of trees all around the house.

    If it is not that, then I am not sure what it is.

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